Day 18, Less, Not More

 
 
My weight went up again, even though yesterday I exercised, my calories were under budget, and I did not break my fast.  Sometimes, my body reacts like this after a sudden weight loss.  It fights to retain equilibrium.  Recently, my weight has come down a long way.  Some people complain about plateaus in dieting; my complaint is the rebound.  All I can do is keep fighting.  This latest increase has happened without eating one calorie over-budget.
 
Yesterday, I pursued a better mood and got one.  Getting my husband to the dentist was grueling.  However, he was appreciative, which made my effort worth it.  Today, I slept in until almost 5:00 AM, which helps.  The maid is coming, and I will be visiting the neighbors.  
 

Less

 
Last night, I read The Joy of Less by Francine Jay.  Afterward, I eliminated a few unneeded items.  Though I can not be considered a minimalist yet, this philosophy has something to offer us all in our culture of excess.  As you are striving to remove unwanted pounds, removing surplus stuff from your life is freeing.  It gives us more space in which to breathe, and that is something most of us want.
 
Famous blogger and minimalist Leo Babauta wrote The Power of Less and lives by a set of minimalist rules, which I captured in this mindmap.
 
Let me create another mindmap about Francine Jay’s rules.
 
 
It would be worth my while to memorize her steps to streamlining using her acronym.  This morning, I decluttered my desk. Though not completely clear, it is a lot better.
 

Walking Plans

 
It is now 6:01 AM.  The temperature will not rise above 70 F.   A walk with my jacket at about 11:00 AM would be okay.  That depends on when the maid is coming.  Let me check my email for her arrival time.  Ah!  She is coming between 8:00-9:00 AM.  That means I can visit my neighbors in the early afternoon.  If she is done by 11:00 AM, I can go out walking then.
 

Exercise

 
Those of you following this blog have probably noticed that I have not resumed my four chiropractic exercises yet.  Today, on the first of this month, it might be an appropriate time to re-start.  There.  They only take a few minutes.  I did them in the living room, where my husband was sleeping on the floor.  I did not wake him.
 

JV Life Tracker

 
It is still two hours until breakfast.  Last night, I also got the snail mail done.  Now, I can score my JV Life Tracker (Vibrancy) for yesterday.
 
I got 265 points!  I am scoring in that range so consistently, it looks easy.  Actually, it is a lot of work.  There is fun involved, too.  And relaxation.  I may want to give myself a few extra points for driving my husband to the dentist.  Let me do that.   Anything that involves driving needs a reward, or I will avoid doing it.  I told my husband I calmed my driving anxiety by not thinking about it.
 
This is what my Vibrancy scores look like with 15 points for the dentist.  Record high!
 

Meditation

 
Now, it is meditation time. Finding Your Purpose by Stuart Kaplan has been working well for me.  Today I lost consciousness.  I needed the extra rest.  Perhaps I could use this meditation to put me to sleep at night.
 
The maid is here, doing her thing.  I am at peace.  I had a Mini Joy for breakfast, adding five grams of cacao.  If you like chocolate, this version is the one to try.  See the diet diary below for the ingredients.
 

Music

 
I am listening to Claude Debussy’s Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe in iTunes.  This morning, I downloaded and installed a new version of iTunes, which I have put off for a while.  I must be getting tasks caught up; that is a good sign.
 

Walk to the Library

 
Though my walk to the library and back is not far, it is about the right amount of sun exposure, considering that I am not using sunscreen.  Today, I checked out a new book. Your Best Age is NOW by Robi Ludwig.
 
When I started at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, our peers asked us, “What age were you at your best?”  I answered that it was in my early 40s.  By this time, I was 52.  One of my interviewers asked, “Why isn’t your best age now?”  That got me thinking.  Why was it not?  Or maybe it was, and I was failing to see the blessings in my life.
 
Though bipolar disorder has been challenging, I become more mentally supple each time I go through an up and down cycle.  That has allowed me to implement new ideas, complete projects, and do things, like get married, that I would have shunned years ago.  My immune system is more robust than it was for years.  I keep learning more and more and doing more and more.
 

Afternoon

 
I visited my neighbors and ate a lot of slightly-salted mixed nuts without peanuts.  By the time I came home, my calorie budget was used.
 

Evening

 
Today, I got caught up on my sleep.  I may try going to sleep with a meditation or hypnosis recording and see if I sleep better.
 

Diet Diary

 
Because of the apple and V8, fructose was more than 15 grams.  I got less calcium today.  On average, though, I am getting the right amounts.  Within the next few days, I will include the Trend reports to show this.  Whether I will break my gaining streak tomorrow is anybody’s guess.  I certainly hope so.  However, it has not discouraged me from dieting, even though I had a few more calories today.
 
 
 
 
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This article, with its diet diary, shows what worked for me.  I do not claim that it will work for you.  Consult a licensed medical provider to determine your diet and medical care.  These blog entries do not diagnose or treat any disease.  If I provide any clues for you or your provider, I will be happy.
 
 

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